One natural reaction after tasting some success is to settle, let the guard down a bit.

Not in the world of Tom Thibodeau's Bulls.

After a Friday morning in which Luol Deng and Joakim Noah talked eloquently about what making the All-Star Game meant to them, Thibodeau lauded that accomplishment and immediately switched the focus back to the task at hand.

Willing players followed suit, stepping on the gas in a dominant first quarter and handily beating a solid Warriors team 103-87 before a crowd of 21,756 at the United Center.

"Our readiness to play was very, very good," Thibodeau said. "It was important for us to get the lead. They're really good. They missed some shots they got good looks at. But our ball movement in the first half in particular was terrific. The rebounding was great."